Destin Beachfront Hotels

by Lee Morgan

Whether you come to Florida’s Emerald Coast for the beaches, the boating, the fishing or the golf, you need to stay in a hotel that allows you the best vacation experience possible -- such as a Destin beachfront hotel. Accommodations on the Gulf Coast provide you with a great view, convenience to all Destin has to offer and lots of enjoyable amenities.

Holiday Inn on the Beach

The Holiday Inn on the Beach is the only full-service, Gulf-front hotel in Destin, according to the company website. The rooms put guests within steps of the sugar white beaches and emerald green waters. Guests rent beach chairs and umbrellas to lounge on the sand or pull up deck chairs poolside at the indoor heated pool or outdoor pool. The deck area also features a bar and grill for hot meals and libations. The hotel rooms at the Holiday Inn are designed for families, featuring Kid’s Suites that have separate sleeping areas and unlimited video games. A kid’s program keeps kids entertained while the parents relax or have a night out alone. The hotel also features an exercise room, Jacuzzi, sauna and game room, as well as several dining options.

Capri on the Gulf

The Capri on the Gulf is not technically a hotel, but it is a beachfront condominium complex that is rented in the same manner as a hotel for families on vacation. The spacious condos allow plenty of room for families and enviable views. The Capri on the Gulf looks directly out onto Destin’s famous Crystal Beach. Two large decks overlook the water, giving you access to beachfront lounging regardless of which of the 23 units you stay in. This gated complex has one- and two-bedroom units with fully equipped kitchens and comfortable living rooms.

Inn on Destin Harbor

The beach in front of the Inn on Destin Harbor isn’t the kind you sunbathe or build sand castles on, but the view is still rather nice. As the name indicates, this hotel faces Destin Harbor where sailboats drift in and out throughout the day, and yachts of every size become the traffic you see passing in front of your balcony. The small boutique hotel is within walking distance of the area’s best charter boat rentals and award-winning waterfront restaurants.

Comfort Inn Destin

Just across the street from Destin Beach, the Comfort Inn Destin offers clean and comfortable accommodations for a reasonable price. The four-story Comfort Inn is a beautifully landscaped version of the national chain. The hotel offers an indoor and outdoor pool, fitness center and complimentary breakfast. In addition to the standard guest rooms, the hotel offers larger suites that include hot tubs and private balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The Comfort Inn Destin faces the beach, but is not located on the beach. It does require a walk across the street to reach the sand.